Unmanned drones could revolutionize farming industryUPDATED 12:09 PM HST Jan 19, 2014Video Transcript
ING farming. U-A-Vs - also known as Drones - are coming to a farm near you. But as KITV4's Lara Yamada explains ... ....it's providing the kind of food safety local farmers need... to survive. Less than a few feet wide, launching from the grounds of Kualoa Ranch... they are the minature flying machines... ...using high-tech cameras to reaveal everything from weed density, to disease, to nutrition levels! RICHARD HA: 313-20 It's real time so if it starts to grow and spread, we'll be able to spot it quicker. Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs is volunteering his 600 acre farm on the Big Island for the next pilot project. He says the Banana Bunchy Top Virus nearly wiped out Big Island crops last decade. This time he's prepared -- and sees Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as an invaluable tool for all farmers. RICHARD HA: 35-38 We feel pretty confident we can control it. STANDUP: Right now, a team from Cal State Fullerton is deep in Kualoa Valley, developing a UAV program for farmers in California. University of Hawaii staff is monitoring them closely, preparing to launch a program of their own -- as soon as this year. TED RALSTON 3809 For public land, oceanograpic, coral, for reef and beach errosion... UAV developer Ted Ralston says training schools are opening up right here in the islands -- ideal for businesses and farmers -- who want to steady crops to secure profitable deals. HA: 119 It's exciting. Thanks in part to HIS forward-thinking plan, Ha's products have caught the attention of top local chefs... ...making sure his fields of green... stay that way. ALAN WONG: 5848-55 To have these kinds of wholesome products, with people that you trust the farmers that you trust is so important for us and for the customers. HA: 105-17 We want to stay on the cutting edge of things. Whenever new technology pops-up we try to utilize it and be front of the curve so we can position ourselves for the future. Lara Yamada KITV4 News.